Counsellor & Psychotherapist
When you find that talking to friends and family is not enough, I can assist you in a confidential non-judgemental manner to explore the options/solutions available to you in order to help you to restore balance in your life.
If you are feeling broken I can help you rebuild your life if you just bring along the pieces. I might be able to help you help yourself
Counsellor & Psychotherapist.
frequently asked questions
When people hear the word psychotherapy they often imagine a patient lying on a couch talking while a therapist sits behind or nearby taking notes and jotting down thoughts in a little notepad. This is a quite a classic style of talking therapy, however, there are actually a wide variety of different techniques and approaches being used in psychotherapy. The techniques and practices used can depend on a number of things including, the training and background of the therapist, the nature of the problem experienced by the client and indeed the clients’ preferences.
Psychotherapy and counselling gives you time to talk and think about the issues that are stopping you from living a full and happy life. During the sessions the therapist works with the client to tackle the issues that are a source of stress in the clients life, these issues can be general or specific. Depending on the issue and the therapists approach, a wide range of strategies and techniques can be used. However, almost all types of psychotherapy involve developing a therapeutic relationship, communicating and creating a dialogue and working to overcome problematic thoughts or behaviours. These sessions are carried out in a confidential, non-judgemental and safe space. The treatments is a collaborative process where you and your therapist will work together to discover new and healthier ways of coping; enabling you to move forward in your life.
Counselling and psychotherapy are terms that are often used interchangeably and while they might be similar there are some slight differences.
Within the context of mental health the term ‘counselling’ is often used to denote a relatively brief treatment that focuses mainly on behaviour and actions.
‘Psychotherapy’ is more often a longer term treatment and focuses more on the patients thought process and those things that might be underlying the behaviour. It can be used to gain deeper insight into emotional problems. It is generally longer in duration. It looks at the clients way of being in the world rather than specific problems.
Counselling often works in the present focusing on how the behaviours are impacting the individuals current situation. Psychotherapy often moves between both present and past, using knowledge from decades of research, knowledge and skills to explore the roots of particular issues.
In practice the two can overlap as psychotherapists may also provide counselling in specific situations. As a general rule psychotherapy involves knowledge and skills that allow for deeper exploration.
The main thing to ask yourself here is What do you want out of therapy? A huge amount of success between a client and a therapist depends on your expectations. Success in therapy can depend on you wanting it to succeed also, what you expect to happen in the therapy and whether those expectations match up to what the therapist can and will do.
Your reasons for going to a therapist can be many and can be a worthwhile experience. Therapy can be good for times when you are feeling low, for dealing with life’s anxieties, interpersonal problems and other things that cause stress in your life.
Going to a therapist can be a worthwhile growing and stabilising experience, good for times when you have specific problems, interpersonal problems, or generally feeling down. You can go to a therapist once, for a few months or embark on long-term therapy–each depends on your different expectations and goals.
It is generally during crisis when most people go to see a therapist. These are times when one can feel in danger, can feel suicidal or having difficulty living your life in a normal or productive way. There are many reasons when crisis can occur and can include; the breakdown of relationships, death of a loved one, in times of depression, life transition or if you have been harmed in some way. The reason people seek therapy at these times is to be able to find stability so that the feeling of threat to their life is reduced. These visits can be short in duration with the therapist providing ‘intervention.’
Other times people go to therapy for more common problems such as, low grades, insomnia, procrastination or feeling low/depressed. Here there is not an immediate threat to one’s life but the person has identified an issue or problem to be worked on.
People can also go to therapy to work on their personal development and growth. Another reason people can go into psychotherapy is so to work on psychological problems. This can range from being abused and having intimacy problems or maybe issues around food.
You don’t need to have a “major” problem to go to a therapist. Just feeling unable to deal with your problem or feeling unhappy makes you a good therapy candidate. Therapy should be viewed as a *tool* which can be used to help you work on problems you consider important to you.
I charge €60 per session which usually last a little over an hour. You can pay cash or card through my website ‘pay online’ Please give at least 24 hour notice of cancellations otherwise you will be charged a fee.
The answer here is that ‘you’ make therapy successful. Therapy experiences are different for everyone mainly because people are so different. Each person brings different experiences and expectations into their relationship with their therapist. Many people think of therapy as if it is a doctor/patient relationship and can brush over the idea that they are the ones that make therapy successful. People can sometimes see the success of therapy as something outside of their control. The person must take responsibility for their own mental health and if they don’t there is not a lot a therapist can do. There are certain things that can increase the likelihood of therapy success, from a practical point of view
Taking therapy seriously by putting in place the resources or doing the assignments asked of you by the therapist.
Reflecting back outside the therapy room on what you and your therapist discussed when in the session.
Take it easy and be patient, it can often be the case that the times of greatest productivity are those session where you might be feeling really frustrated or very low.
Keeping a journal of things that come to mind when you are not with your therapist. You can write down moments of progress or times when you slipped up and you can bring these back to your therapist.
It is important to note that therapy is hard work. You are investing in your mental health and the rewards can be invaluable.
Reward yourself for doing the work. Every day do one nice thing for yourself. Therapy will be helped by you taking time to appreciate yourself.
You may have been already informed about the cost of the service when you made the appointment, if not, this will be agreed upon in this session.
The first couple of sessions will be different to sessions in the future, the sessions thereafter will be more therapeutic in nature. This first session will be a period for you and your therapist to get to know each other. You will get a sense of whether or not you wish to proceed and indeed, whether or not your therapist feels they can work with you.
As psychotherapy can be a long process it is important to know that expecting instant solutions on your first day is unrealistic. This type of work is about equipping you with solutions for the long term and is not about a quick fix.
In this session you will be asked what has brought you to therapy. You will be asked to explain any symptoms you are experiencing, what you feel is not right in your life and your history. In relation to your history you will be asked about education, relationships (romantic, family, friends), your career, your living situation and other questions that might be relevant to the therapy.
You may also discuss the methods that will be used, patient/ therapist confidentiality and limitations to confidentiality.
Other things to be discussed might be medication, a next of kin contact, the number of your GP.
Below are some questions you might wish to ask, although many will probably be covered through the course of conversation.
- What is your academic background and what has your training been to prepare you to practice as a therapist?
- What professional associations do you belong to?
- What are your fees?
- What techniques do you use? (mostly talking, role-playing, visualising, relaxation/meditation)
- What are your office protocols? (booking appointments, payment for missed appointments, emergencies, building access after hours, etc.)
- What can I expect to happen in my sessions.
- How long will each session last?
- How many sessions will it take to resolve my issue?
- How will my confidentiality be assured?
Types of Counselling
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a short-term therapy technique that works on the basis that the way we think and interpret life’s events affects how we behave and, ultimately, how we feel.
CBT is particularly helpful in tacking problems such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and drug misuse. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel.
Gestalt therapy is a client-centered approach that helps clients focus on the present and understand what is really happening in their lives right now, rather than what they may perceive to be happening based on past experience. Through the gestalt process, clients learn to become more aware of how their own negative thought patterns and behaviors are blocking true self-awareness and making them unhappy.
The focus of Gestalt therapy is more on what is happening (the moment-to-moment process) than what is being discussed (the content).At the heart of Gestalt therapy is awareness. As Frederick Salomon Perls put it, “Awareness in itself is healing.” Each of us secretly and desperately yearns to be “met” to be recognized in our uniqueness, our fullness, and our vulnerability. We yearn to be genuinely valued by others as who we are, even that we are.
Emotion-focused therapy (EFT)
Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) is a therapeutic approach that helps to increased awareness of your emotional experiences. They may also have an improved ability to regulate emotions and be better able to transform unhelpful emotions.
EFT help clients gain a greater awareness of their emotions and provide strategies to effectively cope with, regulate, and transform their emotions.
In person-centered therapy, the focus is on the person, not the problem. The goal is for the client to achieve greater independence. This will allow the client to better cope with any current and future problems they may face. The therapist refrains from judging the client for any reason, providing a source of complete acceptance and support